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Nokia 6 Review

Nokia 6

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Interface and Functionality


Nokia’s promise to keep things lightweight and clutter free is upheld on this end. As far as Android goes, tweaks in the OS are imperceptible, if they exist at all. The Amazon version, of course, has the company’s preinstalled apps and lockscreen ads, but on a regular Nokia 6, the only non-stock artifact is an app named “Support.” This does seem to be a useful addition, though. Much like the settings menu in Google’s Pixel phones, the Support app exists to provide users with a direct line to product support. Help can be obtained in the form of the user manual, warranty status, FAQs, community forums, and chat support. This aside, bone-stock Android and “regular updates” were promised, and while the former is clearly executed, we anticipate the latter will be as well.

Processor and Memory


So, what does the chipset do with this clean Android version? Well, we wish it did more. The phone never freezes or stutters much, but navigating the UI always feels just a half-step behind, and in some situations, a full step. Equipped with the octa-core Snapdragon 430, the processor is clocked at 1.4 GHz. Paired with 3 GB of RAM, the Nokia performs reliably and consistently, albeit at a mediocre pace.

App switching is smooth and prompt, though you will see a persistent stutter while cycling through larger apps in a dual-screen setup. Generally, apps open quickly but take a second or two to load. When they are open, though, they switch quickly and effortlessly, which is characteristic of the mid-range processing speeds paired with ample RAM. We don’t think users will find much fault with day-to-day performance here, but a Snapdragon 625 would definitely speed things up an appreciable notch.

Gaming could also benefit from a higher-class Snapdragon. Loading times are quite slow, and like most mid-rangers, you’ll be dropping a lot of frames.

The fingerprint sensor is a capacitive home button, and authenticates well, for the most part. It’s a quick sensor, which we found to be accurate and mostly capable of efficient authentication, though it did miss a few instances here and there that we felt other sensors would’ve picked up. We couldn’t help but feel like some of the missed authentications would have been recognized if the scanner itself were bigger – taller, specifically. The issues we encountered didn’t seem to be a result of the software or faulty hardware, but rather just not enough surface area for your finger to land on. Inexplicably, though, you cannot set the device to open from just one authentication, but rather two. Resting your finger on the scanner wakes up the device, which then forces you lift and place your finger again to authenticate and gain entry to the device – a pretty annoying and useless quirk.

Performance benchmarks

AnTuTu
Higher is better
Nokia 6 47129
Nokia 5 45534
Nokia 3 27838
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 63191
JetStream
Higher is better
Nokia 6 17.35
Nokia 5 21.819
Nokia 3 13.626
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 29.879
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Nokia 6 15
Nokia 5 20
Nokia 3 10
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 23
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen
Higher is better
Nokia 6 4.5
Nokia 5 10
Nokia 3 3.2
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 6.9
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Nokia 6 307
Nokia 5 957.33
Nokia 3 548
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 375
Geekbench 4 single-core
Higher is better
Nokia 6 684
Nokia 5 691.66
Nokia 3 533
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 783
Geekbench 4 multi-core
Higher is better
Nokia 6 2824
Nokia 5 2895.33
Nokia 3 1417
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 3586
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Connectivity


The 6 sells as an unlocked phone, and like many sold under this moniker, the device is incompatible with Sprint and Verizon, due to the lack of CDMA support. On the plus side, we do have NFC support, enabling services like Android Pay, Beam, and others. We’re glad to see this on a mid-ranger, as these phones can often be neglected when it comes to should-be standard features like this. As we’ve come to expect in this category, though, micro-USB is the standard for charging – something else we hope won’t be the case on a flagship offering from the company.

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Nokia 6

Nokia 6

OS: Android 7.1
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera16 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
3 GB RAM
Size6.06 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches
(154 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm)
5.96 oz  (169 g)

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